Refurb iPhone came with a screen Protector installed!!

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by HighLife420, Aug 3, 2009.

  1. HighLife420 macrumors 6502a

    Jul 25, 2009
    Well...i was practicing with some cheap screen protectors on trying to it perfect without bubbles or anything.

    I was wondering why it seemed like i had a small line of dirt around the home button. As you can see in the pics, it kinda looks like a white line of dust collected itself just around the hole for the home button. Upon further inspection, i noticed that it wasnt a line of was thick piece of something. Can you guess?

    Mind you i JUST removed the plastic that covers the iphone from top to bottem (Face) and even covers the ear piece hole...however, its perforated so you can rip off the top and bottem piece, i know cause i had to do this to uncover the ear piece speaker. Im guessing that they put this on when it comes back for refurb. I kept it on till today when i picked up a DLO Jam jacket from BB and decided to practice with the screen protectors it comes up (came free with case).

    So to cut to just a few mins wondering why i cant get my protector to cling just didnt look right. Then it hit me...

    Theres a protector on there either the person who owned the phone before me put a protector on or ATT did it (doubtful), or maybe Apple (even more doubtful). However its there, and they did a decent job...only 1 speck of dust towards the bottem, just to the right of the home button. Its not lined up 100% properly, but i feel its the cut of it and not installation error. The bottem of the home bottem and everything else lines up perfect.

    I feel like the luckiest refurb iPhone owner in the world. :D:D Clearly you can see the protector on there. I was wondering why it looked so dull with the other protector i had on there. I guess i know why..

    I wish i could tell you guys which one it is, but its pretty dam clear...i mean, HONESTLY i didnt even notice it when i removed the perforated plastic screen. Its really pretty good with finger prints, i mean, there is little to no smudge of finger oils when i run my finger across the screen. I think its a power support Crystal really...its not bumpy like a BSE or Invis-Shield. Its very smooth....and i mean NO air bubbles at all.

    SO you never know guys....your refurb might have a screen on it already =) IM COMPLETELY STOAKED i dont have to do this myself ....cause wow im awful ehehe

    Pics say a thousand words.


  2. colmaclean macrumors 68000


    Jan 6, 2004
    I guess from your sig that this is a 3G?

    Sounds like it must be one of the special ones destined for Area 51...
  3. HighLife420 thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Jul 25, 2009
    Ya, took the 49$ deal off

    haha...i feel ever so going to have to buy double lottery tickets this week.
  4. army91c macrumors 6502a

    Mar 9, 2009
    Guess it came with all that dust up in the space between the screen and bezel too.... either the refurb process is them tossing a returned phone in a box or some one is good with story time.
  5. HighLife420 thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Jul 25, 2009
    ohh if i put it on there like that, i would take credit. The dust came from my pocket for sure...ive had the phone since its been used the past few days.

    They are certainly fixing returned phones and selling them, of course as refurbs. This is my 3rd refurb phone from ATT and i never had a problem with any of them. The phone did have some small marks on the side, like tiny hairline scratches around the corners. This was certainly someones doubt.

    I was ready to go buy a good one believe it or not...but decided that i should try the ones that came free with the DLO. I watched the video from that Carlos guy and was following what he was doing...i couldnt believe he got it perfect in like 2 mins...

    I was even considering doing a BSE, since i had one on my old MP3 player.
  6. chrono1081 macrumors 604


    Jan 26, 2008
    Isla Nublar
    It's probably a Crystal Film screen protector. They are the best screen protector IMO. I've used them on many iPod video's and no one can ever tell they are on there. I've also never needed to replace one. Ever.

    They are a harder plastic and very easy to put on flawlessly. They run about $15 to $20.
  7. idunk macrumors member

    Jul 24, 2009
    Yeah i have to agree.
    i was going to say that it was either a crystal or anti-glare PS film.
  8. SFStateStudent macrumors 604


    Aug 28, 2007
    San Francisco California, USA
    Congrats OP; too bad it wasn't a full :p
  9. HighLife420 thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Jul 25, 2009
    AHAHA...i was thinking the same thing...

    might just spend the few dollars and get the back peice from BSE.
  10. tico24 macrumors 6502


    Jun 17, 2007
    Eastleigh, UK
    I'm struggling to see why you think this is a good thing?

    Clearly this means that someone returned their phone (possibly due to a defect) and someone just shoved it straight back in the box without the briefest of checks before selling it to you.

    Its been through absolutely no QC and you've just paid good money for it.

    But if you're fine with buying a refurbish product that hasn't been refurbished at all, then congratulations.
  11. HighLife420 thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Jul 25, 2009

    i dont think it was just thrown into a sure they tested it to make sure it worked...However, its a refurb sure someone owned it prior and returned it. Not a huge deal to me...cause it works perfectly so issues at all.

    I dont mind buying refurbs at all, they are still covered and helps save cash. This is my 3rd refurb from att in a row...had a Blackjack 1 refurb, Blackjack 2 refurb and now the iphone.
  12. oldimac macrumors regular

    Jan 18, 2008
    Do you still have to sign up for the 2 year stint with ATT for a refurb like you got?

  13. HighLife420 thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Jul 25, 2009
    no, dont believe so...just had to change my still eligible for a full upgrade in November.

    I have a family plan, so im not giving it up anytime soon =) i wouldnt mind either way. This is my 3rd refurb phone...never had a problem.
  14. westone75 macrumors newbie

    Aug 4, 2009
    The only way to get a refurb iPhone from at&t for $49.00 is to sign a new 2 year contract.

    2-yr Contract Price $99.00
    Refurb Discount - $50.00
    Total Due Today $49.00
  15. HighLife420 thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Jul 25, 2009

    ohh, so i did (bought my phone online)...doesnt matter, i upgraded last im still stuck with another year anyway, and another phone thats upgradable.

    Again, makes NO difference...will not be ending my contract for any reason within the next few year at the least.
  16. Knowlege Bomb macrumors 601

    Knowlege Bomb

    Feb 14, 2008
    Madison, WI
    I honestly think it's a pretty poor installation job. The spacing around the home button and ear piece are supposed to be even all the way around. That protector is noticably shifted upward.

    Either way, it was free so I can see why you're happy. If it is a Power Support Crystal Film you've got the best there is! :)
  17. hamish5178 macrumors member

    Jun 11, 2009
    Newark, DE
    OP, was the back of the iPhone glossy and flawless, as if it had been replaced (which is supposedly what is supposed to happen)?
  18. HighLife420 thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Jul 25, 2009
    ya, i really thought about re-doing it, but im HORRIBLE at it. I dont think i would be able to do much better. Also, really worried about getting dusty...

    So far so good with my phone, havent had 1 issue really...nothing that wasnt a stupid setting (like push emails to all accounts).

    No one scratch on the back at all.
  19. aprofetto macrumors 6502a


    Dec 19, 2008
    Hamilton, Ontario
    I remember someone saying that AT&T does a visible check of the phone and quickly runs through the OS to check that things are operating fine.

    Goes to show you how quick of a visible check they do.
  20. soulghost macrumors regular


    Mar 1, 2009
    I would remove that protector and check that screen for defects.
  21. HighLife420 thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Jul 25, 2009

    Honestly, i didnt even know it was there....was putting on another protector on top of im guessing if i didnt know it was sure they overlooked it to.

    I dont see why everyone makes a big deal about refurbs. I mean, to me, id rather have something that they have already looked at, fix or repair the problem and returned. I have had NO problems at all with any of my refurb phones. Every single one of them have worked perfectly for years.

    You guy can spend all the money you want...ill take my 50$ refurb that works perfectly and call it a day =)

    Again, doesnt matter...even if there were, refurbs can come with rather pay half price for something scratched then full price for something im going to end up scratching. Plus, i dont want to ruin the protector by getting dust or something underneath....while its not on perfectly...there is NO dust or air bubbles.
  22. aprofetto macrumors 6502a


    Dec 19, 2008
    Hamilton, Ontario
    AT&T doesn't go through what Apple does to claim something as a refurb.

    In terms of iPhones, Apple will fully dissemble the phone and replace all faulty and/or broken parts. I believe the battery and screen as usually always replaced. I'm quoting this from another member here on macrumors.

    AT&T does not do this. They simply give the phone a once over and make sure it 'looks' good. Then they make sure the OS is running and will sell it as a refurb.

    If this was a refurb from Apple, you'd never see a screen protector left on.
  23. HighLife420 thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Jul 25, 2009
    Ya I understand. I do think they wipe the phone clean before hand too. I have 30 days to find something wrong with it. If I notice something by then, I'll return. However if it works, I'll keep it.
  24. UngratefulNinja macrumors 68000


    May 9, 2009
    My 3g is also an AT&T refurb (although it was from before when the refurbs were $99) and I couldn't be happier with it. It was in pristine condition and has performed like brand new. I'm a fan of AT&T refurbs now :)
  25. HighLife420 thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Jul 25, 2009
    ya but i didnt know ATT cant reservice it, it must be through APPLE...

    I guess you learn something new everyday =) and knowledge is power!

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